Making Your Money Matter https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com Create a life you love, one dollar at a time Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:30:12 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 103358307 The 5 Essential Tools I Used to Increase My Net Worth by 21% in 2017 https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/5-essential-personal-finance-tools/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/5-essential-personal-finance-tools/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:30:12 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4807 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure and privacy policy here. 2017 was a great year for the stock market. The increase in the market helped significantly in increasing my net worth by 21% last year. However, only about half of this increase was due to market gains. The remaining amount was […]

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How a Vision Board Will Help You Conquer Your 2018 Money Goals (Plus: Free Templates!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/financial-vision-board/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/financial-vision-board/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4646 It can be so difficult to stay focused on long-term money goals like retirement. Realistically, it can be hard enough to consistently meet short-term goals like managing cash flow on a day-to-day basis (I’m sure it’s not just me!). A visual representation of goals is the best way to keep all your objectives front and […]

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You Need a Financial Plan, Not Just an Investment Plan https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/you-need-a-financial-plan-not-just-an-investment-plan/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/you-need-a-financial-plan-not-just-an-investment-plan/#comments Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4140 Today I’m guest posting over at Mustard Seed Money. I’ve included a brief snippet below, but please click over to read the whole post!   Have you ever seen an absolutely amazing looking dessert that you just couldn’t wait to try but then was super disappointed when you bit into it and it tasted simply […]

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8 Things to Consider Before the 2018 Tax Reform Laws Begin in January https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/8-tax-reform-considerations/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/8-tax-reform-considerations/#comments Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:52:23 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4824 Whether you agree or disagree with the new tax reform bill (or believe that really the only people winning are the really wealthy and tax professionals), it will be beneficial to do some tax planning before the old tax rules go away in just a few more days. Most Americans expect to have noticeably lower […]

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My Checklist For Creating a Budget for The New Year https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/my-checklist-for-creating-a-budget-for-the-new-year/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/my-checklist-for-creating-a-budget-for-the-new-year/#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:22:56 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4755 Checklists, new year resolutions, and budgets. Three of my favorite things! And today we’re bringing them all together. As a self-proclaimed money nerd, I enjoy setting up my finances for a brand new year. There’s something about being able to start all over and improve the process each time that motivates me. Regardless of whether […]

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Why Your Goal For the New Year (and Every Year) Should be Financial Independence https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/goal-new-year-financial-independence/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/goal-new-year-financial-independence/#comments Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:36:06 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4745 Occasionally, I think back to the time before I had my personal finances together and I’m amazed at how much my life has improved by taking charge of my money. And I still have lots of financial goals that I haven’t yet accomplished. While there is no single number that I would pinpoint to say […]

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Actionable Tips to Keep Holiday Spending On Track (And Save 100’s!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/actionable-tips-save-for-holidays/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/actionable-tips-save-for-holidays/#comments Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:45:30 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4728 I hope you truly find the holidays to be the “most wonderful time of the year”, just as the song goes. It may not be the best for your wallet or your waistline, but it’s definitely my favorite season! And, it can still be wonderful without breaking the bank. I’ve found a few helpful tips […]

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3 Quantifiable Ways Being Grateful Will Make You Rich https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/gratitude-will-make-you-rich/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/gratitude-will-make-you-rich/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:59:04 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4682 It’s that time of year. The leaves have fallen off the trees, the weather has turned cold (at least in Michigan!) and the gratitude challenges have started up on Facebook again. The holidays are in full swing. As a millennial, I’m more than familiar with the enemy of gratitude: entitlement. Even though growing up poor […]

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Why You Should Have a Lean and a Luxury Budget https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/why-you-should-have-a-lean-and-a-luxury-budget/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/why-you-should-have-a-lean-and-a-luxury-budget/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:21:31 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4656 Ever since I began to view my money as a tool to provide freedom and choices in my life, I’ve no longer considered a “budget” to be a four-letter word. Instead, I find that it is something that liberates me to actually look more closely at my values, spend more freely on many things and […]

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Exactly How To Calculate How Much You’ll Pay Under the Proposed Tax Bill https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/proposed-tax-bill-calculator/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/proposed-tax-bill-calculator/#comments Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:07:12 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4625 The proposed tax bill we’ve all been waiting for is finally here (oh wait, that was just me?!). If your situation is similar to mine, you’ll be a little relieved at the changes since the last vague tax plans were presented. I’m excited to update the calculations so that you can see just how your tax […]

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